Cold Vs. Hot Brew


As an avid and passionate hot tea drinker and adept at figuring out the correct temperature and brewing times of hot tea; realized it was time to investigate cold tea brewing. Previously, if I wanted ice/cold tea I would brew our loose leaf tea hot and then pour over ice. Voila! iced or cold tea.

Now, due to the increasing customer inquiries and without first hand adequate information to share; decided research and testing was due.

The first thing I learned is that commercial bottled tea as a rule does not have the polyphenols that fresh brewed on demand tea enjoys. Once brewed polyphenols are not shelf stable. This is an important health benefit of tea and gave an even greater respect to cold brew tea since in contains all the polyphenols, if not more than hot brewed tea .

Cold tea brewing is easier due to the following:

  • You can use cold water from the faucet (if you have good water without the taste of sulfur. Filtered water preferred. )

  • Brewing slowly the tea leaves do not over-brew or become bitter such as when you over-brew with the hot tea method.

  • Just leave in the refrigerator overnight to brew

Benefits to cold tea brewing:

  • Lower caffeine

  • Slower brew prevents over-brewing and eliminates bitter taste

Taste test:

  • One teaspoon of Dragonwell in a glass of cold water from the faucet

After a couple of hours I tasted the water and even though the water was not visibly brewing (the water was still clear)  I was pleasantly surprised I could begin to taste the flavor of the tea. Quite refreshing. Continued to allow brewing overnight. Became stronger but not over-brewed.

Great news for those interested in adding cold tea brewing to their options.